I’ve written this essay a hundred times already, always hitting different angles and trying to cover everything, but it’s just not possible. I’m going to keep it short and sweet and dedicate it to those who’ve been there for me and lead by example as I’ve developed as a professional and a person. My heroes and my role models — the ones who taught me to defend my choices and be true to my gut instincts. The ones who taught me that when the going gets tough, the tough don’t break down in moments of weakness and make bad choices. I hope this means something to someone.
Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Have Common Sense and Respect
If there’s one thing I can ramble on about, it’s dealing with the ever-present and always-frustrating world of design thievery. There’s a few key things to discuss when it comes to design theft, so let’s jump right into it!
What better way to kick off the site than with a little something about personality? It’s something we all have, it defines us, but it’s also something most people don’t know how to express. We all think we do when we’re teenagers, but that’s really just a bunch of recycled garbage.
Your personality is something you’re born with. It’s written in your genetic coding. It’s there, you just need to learn what it is and how to express it to the outside world. In the sense of being a designer, it’s something that our very worlds hinge on. What would Saul Bass or Paul Rand be without their personalities? You could see it shine through their works. Cleverness, humor, passion, guts…it’s all there. If you look at yourself, do you see any of those things? Do you feel like your work says any of that? It doesn’t really matter if you’re designing identities for the world’s largest corporations or web banners for a mom and pop shop the next town over; no matter what you do, your personality should shine through. But how do you manage this? How the hell do you make a web banner beam with personality? I’ll tell you how.
Hey Jon, big fan of your work, and I was just wondering what is your favorite resource for gathering textures for your illustrations? Do you make your own or do you use online resources? Thanks, have a good one.
I make all my own textures. Some are applied directly to the drawings before I even scan them, others are added afterwards from various experimental sources I’ve developed over the past 10 years.